Quote from MissKitty345
I was looking into Long Beach City College's program for LVN, but I have some concerns. I want to be a nurse, but I think that somehow I will be infected with AIDS or some STD or herpes or anything. I want to know if any nurses that are retired or have been working a long time, how they avoided catching anything from patients other than the flu. Other than this I really would like to try the LVN program and eventually the LVN-RN program bridge. Any thoughts?
When your job is taking care of sick people, there are risks related to your own health. Few experienced nurses don't have back problems, for example.
OTOH, our training prepares us to be aware, and "universal precautions" is an excellent principle which didn't exist when I started.
I read once that nursing as an occupation was more dangerous than Construction work, and that the only more dangerous profession was mining :uhoh21:
I have been blessed with good health, and didn't go in with that concern, however, I am afraid of radiation, and one time as a nursing student, I was assigned to care for a patient with a radium implant, and everyone was strictly limited to the time they spent with her. I was afraid, and might have tried to get out of it, but the other nurse was pregnant, so I tried to deal with my fear.
When I went in the darkened room to empty the radioactive urine from her Foley, and a few other tasks, my fear left me because she was so quiet, and I just felt it was her & me, and I felt a connection with her, just as a person. I was the nurse, I had a job to do, and I preferred to do it while feeling for her, than just getting out quickly.
Nursing does that for you - it makes you grow, and get to know yourself, the good, bad and ugly. Sort of like life - is it always worth it, to have your main goal as safety? I don't think so.
Now I have a job as a Health Facility evaluator, which I would have thought carried a very low likelihood of being exposed to anything more than the bugs my coworkers carry - but I caught a Norovirus at a facility with an outbreak. Oh well, it gave me a few days off.